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20 Questions: Jacob Whipple, Charlotte

Two years ago Jacob Whipple moved to the Queen City from Salt Lake City. The home automation manufacturer he works for needed a corporate trainer in Charlotte and Jacob grew up in the area and has family here.

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20 Questions: Wesley Thompson, Charlotte

Wesley Thompson dreamed of growing up and practicing medicine. That is, when he wasn’t dreaming of growing up and becoming Darrin Stephens and marrying a martini-making enchantress. “Once I realized I couldn’t have a witch for a wife,” he says, “guys were my next option!”

20 Questions: Vito Abate, Charlotte

First in his NYC home, then in Denver for four years and now in the Queen City for nearly a decade, Vito Abate has distinguished himself in the realm of theater.

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20 Questions: Beverly Mitzel, Charlotte

Beverly Mitzel’s life is devoted to caregiving and service. It’s what she does both on the job, as a CARE manager at the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and at home, raising — along with her partner Sonja Austin — four adopted, special needs children, all under the age of 14.

20 Questions: James Alexander Langteaux, Louisville, Ky.

James Alexander Langteaux is an international reporter/producer/host who recently came out publicly with his new book, “Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All.”

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20 Questions: David Stout, Charlotte

Since I started this column, a few regular readers (hush your mouth, they exist!) have asked me when I plan to feature myself. I’m really not one to demand attentio…Hey! Sit down, sister!

20 Questions: Jef Madden, Charlotte

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Photographer Jef Madden is establishing himself as the go-to guy for shooting community events like the AIDSWalk and Pride Charlotte and for documenting LGBT-themed projects like The Human Canvas, Project Colors and the mural that’s currently being painted on the White Rabbit store.

20 Questions: Janice Covington, Charlotte

Janice has been an out and proud trans activist for 42 of her 65 years. In the far shorter time that 20 Questions has known her — did we mention far shorter? — we have been admirers of both her involvement and her fashion sense (which, with all due respect to the woman Janice claims as her personal style icon, we believe was most heavily influenced by Mrs. Johnson of Harper Valley).

20 Questions: Rodney Tucker, Charlotte

Rodney Tucker is one of the glue guys of the Queen City’s LGBT community. You know the sort we’re talking about: seems to be at every event you go to and is involved in some capacity with every project of note.